CASEYS SOAR LB AS BULLDOGS FALL TO SJV

In local high school football action Friday night, undefeated Saint John Vianney of Holmdel continued its 2016 juggernaut with a 28-3 win at Rumson-Fair Haven, which fell to 3-2. 

Meanwhile, on the road against Long Branch, Red Bank Catholic went to the air to produce a 35-20 win that improved the Caseys’ record to 4-2. Third-string quarterback Nick Brusca found his groove as a thrower, tossing his first — and second, third and fourth — touchdown passes of his varsity career while racking up 206 air yards.

Rich Chrampanis and crew have the highlights of those games and more at Shore Sports Zone(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

M’SOUTH EDGES RFH; RBC SQUEEGEES COLONIA

Rich Chrampanis and the video cameras of Shore Sports Zone got to seven rainy games in Monmouth and Ocean counties Friday night, starting at Middletown South, where the Eagles hosted Rumson-Fair Haven in a matchup of unbeaten 2016 state champs. In the end, a missed point-after-touchdown, lost fumbles and a swarming Eagles defense made the difference in the 14-13 outcome, with the Eagles now 4-0.

Across the river at Count Basie Field, Red Bank Catholic played host to Colonia, and quickly established dominance on a fumble recovery that led to a one-yard TD. Third-string QB Nick Brusca was dominant, posting three running TDs. Final score: 35-0.

As previously reported, the Holmdel v. Red Bank Regional game scheduled for Friday at Little Silver was postponed due to illness on the Holmdel squad.

(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

R-FH ENDS RBR’S DREAM WITH THIRD TITLE

rfh v rbr 120515 2rfh v rbr 120515 4Quarterback Michael O’Connor, above, led Rumson-Fair Haven Regional to its third straight state football championship as the Bulldogs ended Red Bank Regional’s undefeated string 21-0 at Rutgers in Piscataway Saturday night.

Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

WITH THIRD TITLE, R-FH ENDS RBR’S DREAM

Defense carried the day as Rumson-Fair Haven Regional defeated Red Bank Regional 21-0 for the NJSIAA Central Group 3 championship at Rutgers in Piscataway Saturday night.

On the offensive side, Bulldogs running back Bryan Hess scored two touchdowns and quarterback Michael O’Connor scored the third in what O’Connor later told Shore Sports Zone was a “ground and pound” campaign. But the Dawg defense also pounded the Bucs, keeping star wide receiver Sadiq Palmer out of the end zone and forcing turnovers.

For the Bulldogs, it was the third straight state championship; for the Bucs, the end of an improbable 11-0 season as they tried to capture their first state title since 1975. Shore Sports Zone was there to capture all the highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

RBR, R-FH FANS TO TAILGATE TOGETHER

rbr v cn 091815 2Quarterbacks Jack Navitsky of Red Bank Regional, above, and Mike O’Connor of Rumson-Fair Haven, below, lead their teams into a “once-in-a-lifetime” championship showdown Saturday. (Photos courtesy of Shore Sports Zone. Click to enlarge)

rfh o'connorIt may be the ultimate Battle of Ridge Road, but Saturday’s NJSIAA Central Group 3 championship football game between Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional means both teams must hit the road, traveling to Rutgers in Piscataway.

Sure, “some folks will be in purple, and others in maroon,” but the game offers a chance for a “total community” event, says RBR alumnus and Little Silver resident Rick Brandt. He’s organizing a pre-game tailgate party at which supporters of both the RBR Buccaneers (maroon) and the R-FH Bulldogs (purple) are welcome to mingle and break bread.

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BUCS STILL PERFECT; BULLDOGS STOPPED

Undefeated Red Bank Regional continued its winning ways on Thursday, taking its traditional Thanksgiving Day game at home against Long Branch, 35-12. Alim Godsey and Sadiq Palmer had two two touchdowns apiece for the Buccaneers.

Meantime, Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs fell to Shore Regional at home, 20-14.

Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights of those two games and more

The Bucs (11-0) and the Bulldogs (9-2) will meet in Piscataway on December 5 for the Central Jersey Group 3 championship.

 (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

UNDEFEATED RBR TO FACE R-FH FOR TITLE


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It’ll be the Battle of Ridge Road — played at Rutgers in Piscataway — in two weeks when undefeated Red Bank Regional (above against Ocean Township), and defending state champs Rumson-Fair Haven (below, against Matawan) face off for the NJSIIA Central Group 3 championship following semifinal wins by each Friday night.

Meanwhile, 2014 state champion Red Bank Catholic was dethroned on the road against St. John Vianney of Holmdel, which advances to the non-public Group 3 title game.

Shore Sports Zone caught all the action on video.  (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

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BUCS TO FACE DAWGS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Undefeated Red Bank Regional continued its dream football season Friday night, winning on the road against Ocean Township and advancing to the Central Jersey Group 3 final game, where its opponent will be Rumson-Fair Haven.

Syracuse-bound RBR wide receiver Sadiq Palmer scored all three Bucs touchdowns and had an interception in the 21-14 win. As usual Shore Sports Zone has all the highlights on video.

RBR hasn’t reached the final game since 2003 and hasn’t won a sectional championship since 1975

Meanwhile, defending state champion Rumson-Fair Haven, playing at home, bested Matawan, 24-13, setting up a Battle of Ridge Road that pits the top-seeded Bulldogs against the third-seeded Bucs in two weeks.

Elsewhere, undefeated St. John Vianney steamrolled the Red Bank Catholic Caseys, 49-6, in Holmdel, to advance to the non-public Central Group 3 final.  (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

CASEYS POST QUALITY ROAD WIN

Red Bank Catholic’s Dylan Murphy came up big, scoring three touchdowns and leading the Caseys to a 21-14 win on the road against Pope John Saturday afternoon. Rich Chrampanis and the folks at Shore Sports Zone were there to capture all the action and serve up these video highlights.

Up next for RBC in its quest for another non-public Group 3 championship: St. John Vianney next Friday night. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

RBR & R-FH POST CONVINCING WINS

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Alim Godsey tears up some yardage, above, as undefeated Red Bank Regional won its first postseason football game in years with a 30-0 shutout of South Plainfield at home Friday night. Shore Sports Zone caught all the action on video, which you can see here.

Also on the SSZ reel: watch defending state champion Rumson-Fair Haven crush Rahway, 43-6 as Bulldogs quarterback Mike O’Connor, right, ran for two touchdowns of 50-plus yards.

Both the Bucs and the Dawgs advanced toward a possible showdown in the Group 3 championship. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

BUCS KEEP STREAK ALIVE; DAWGS ADVANCE


Undefeated Red Bank Regional won its first postseason football game in years with a 30-0 shutout of South Plainfield at home Friday night. Shore Sports Zone caught all the action on video.

But first up on the SSZ reel: defending state champion Rumson-Fair Haven, playing at home, routed Rahway, 43-6 in Central Jersey Group 3. Bulldogs quarterback Mike O’Connor ran for two touchdowns of 50-plus yards.

Just west on Ridge Road in Little Silver, the RBR Bucs played a methodical game on the ground that saw standout wide receiver Sadiq Palmer score two running TDs and running back Alim Godsey another. Palmer also scooped up a fumble on defense and ran it in for a score.  The highlights start at 3:37 on the SSZ reel.

Up next: on Friday night, the Bucs face Ocean Township — which was seeded second in Central Jersey Group 3, despite having lost to to RBR 16-6 in the third game of the season. 

The Bulldogs next take on Matawan, at home, and the winner of that game will face the winner of RBR-Ocean for the Group 3 championship. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

RBR BUCS FINISH SEASON WITHOUT A LOSS

rbr v man 110615 1rbc v jm 110615 2Led by QB Jack Navitsky, above, Red Bank Regional finished the 2015 regular football season undefeated with a 31-14 win at Manchester Friday night. Shore Sports Zone caught all the action, as well as seven other big games across Monmouth and Ocean counties, including a come-from-behind win by Red Bank Catholic (right). Check out all the action right here(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

BUCS ARE UNDEFEATED; CASEYS RALLY


Red Bank Regional finished the 2015 regular football season undefeated with a 31-14 win at Manchester, and Shore Sports Zone caught all the action, as well as seven other big games across Monmouth and Ocean counties.

But first, at 4:35 of the highlight reel, Red Bank Catholic quarterback Eddie Hahn racked up 284 all-purpose yards and ran for two touchdowns as the Caseys scored 21 unanswered points to beat Jackson Memorial, 21-10, at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank Friday night. RBC closed out the season at 7-2, with one of its two losses having come at the hands of RBR.

Then, at 12:00 in the reel, watch how Alim Godsey, Jack Navitsky, Sadiq Palmer and the rest of the Bucs handled winless Manchester to bring home the eighth win of RBR’s stellar season.

Elsewhere, Rumson-Fair Haven routed Holmdel, 41-0. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

CASEYS LOSE, DAWGS & BUCS POST WINS

rfh v rar 103115With the clock ticking down, Red Bank Catholic quarterback Eddie Hahn drove the Caseys to within a few yards of a game-tying score, but came up short as Ocean Township stunned RBC with a 42-35 win at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank Friday night. The video cameras of Shore Sports Zone caught all the action as 2014 state champion RBC dropped to 6-2 on the season and Ocean improved to 6-1.

Also on video on our Sports page: Rumson-Fair Haven’s 21-20 squeaker at Raritan (above right) and undefeated (not a typo!) Red Bank Regional’s 37-6 homefield rout of Holmdel, below. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

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OCEAN CLOCKS RBC; DAWGS & BUCS POST WINS

In a football game with nail-biting drama down to the last tick of the clock, Ocean Township stunned Red Bank Catholic with a 42-35 win at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank Friday night. The video cameras of Shore Sports Zone caught all the action as  2014 state champion Caseys dropped to 6-2 on the season and Ocean improved to 6-1.

Also on this reel: Rumson-Fair Haven’s 21-20 squeaker at Raritan and undefeated (not a typo!) Red Bank Regional’s 37-6 homefield rout of Holmdel. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

DAWGS CHOMP THEIR WAY TO SECOND TITLE

rfh o'connor 120614 2Rumson-Fair Haven sophomore quarterback Mike O’Connor takes off on one of his trademark keepers enroute to a big gain as he leads the Bulldogs to their second consecutive state title, with a 21-0 win over Delaware Valley at Kean University Saturday. Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH DAWGS REPEAT AS STATE CHAMPS

For the second straight year, the Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs are the top dogs of Central Jersey Group 2, winning the state title over Delaware Valley at Kean University Saturday.

In sometimes heavy rain, Charlie Volker ran for 161 yards and a score, and the Rumson-Fair Haven defense produced a touchdown and key turnovers in the shutout. And once again,  Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH SLIPS IN MUD BOWL

It was a cold, wet affair as Rumson-Fair Haven and Shore Regional met in the first “Devil-Dawg Bowl” in West Long Branch Wednesday night. Turnovers were key. A Dawgs fumble on fourth and short in the final quarter set up the game’s longest run, a 23-yard romp by Doug Goldsmith to seal a 13-0 win for Shore. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

Both schools play for sectional titles on December 6th at Kean University.  Shore Regional (10-1) takes on South Hunterdon at 10 a.m. while RFH (8-3) is the nightcap, taking on Delaware Valley at 7 p.m.

The Devil-Dawg Bowl is expected to be the start of a new tradition for RFH, replacing a longtime Thanksgiving rivalry with Red Bank Catholic.

RFH ADVANCES IN QUEST FOR SECOND TITLE

With a domineering 35-7 win over A.L. Johnson at home, the defending state champion Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs advanced in their quest for a second straight title Friday night.  Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights, including more stellar play from sophomore quarterback Mike O’Connor.

The Dawgs are at home again Friday night against Cinnaminson in a game to determine who goes on for the 2014 state title.

RFH BEATS RARITAN WITH SENSATIONAL PLAYS

Rumson-Fair Haven quarterback Mike O’Connor streaked 90 yards for a TD and wideout Murray McHeffey pulled in a couple of sensational diving catches as the Dawgs moved to 5-2 on the season with a 27-7 win at home against Raritan Friday night. Shore Sports Zone has the game highlights, as well as a longer  reel of five great games from the evening right here.

RFH TOPS LAKEWOOD AS VOLKER STEAMROLLS

Rumson-Fair Haven running back Charlie Volker racked up an astonishing 324 yards and three touchdowns as the Dawgs moved to 4-2 on the season with a win at home over Lakewood Friday night. It was a tighter game than the score indicates, as shown by these highlights from Shore Sports Zone.